A recent study has revealed that the reasons why the Vietnamese buy illegal rhino horn is not only for medical and health-related reasons, but also as a form of comfort to those that are terminally ill.
Here are 9 facts about the smallest species of wild cat in Africa, the black-footed cat – also known as the small-spotted cat.
Many charismatic species such as elephants, lions, tigers and pandas face the threat of extinction, despite being held up as the poster characters for conservation.
South African filmmaker Carlos Carvalho was killed by Gerald the habituated giraffe while filming at the Glen Afric Country Lodge near Pretoria in South Africa.
It turns out that impalas are the drama queens of the African bushveld, and other species know it, and don’t take their predator alarm calls too seriously.
The Gantouw Project aims to restore eland on the remaining natural areas on the Cape Flats in South Africa.
A research paper has investigated how different capture methods and other aspects of the grey parrot trade, other than just the actual volume of birds taken from the wild, can affect sustainability of harvest.
The African lion (Panthera leo) was once described in Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language (1755) as “the fiercest and most magnanimous of the four footed beasts”. This definitely rings true with these magnificent felines! It is quite clear that lions are fascinating creatures, and here we get to know them a bit better by looking at 15 facts about them.
The inaugural Cape Town Adventure Film Festival [CTAFF], presented by Orms, will be bringing a selection of both local and international adventure films to one of the city’s iconic indie-cinemas, the Labia Theatre on Orange. Taking place from the 19th to the 28th of April 2018, the schedule comprises of five screening events, as well as an intimate standalone photo exhibition, all events celebrating multiple adventure genres.
Wild dogs will soon roam free in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique for the first time in decades.
Incredibly distressing video footage has emerged of the horrific conditions being endured by elephants at Beijing Zoo in China.
Safari tourism instrumental as African countries dominate as best worldwide in large mammal conservation, according to study.
The shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) looks like a bird that belongs in the prehistoric age. Found in the marshes of East Africa, the shoebill is classified as vulnerable and is a bucket-list sighting for any avid birder. Here are seven reasons to love this big bird.
The pangolin, the world’s most trafficked animal, might have just found a new best friend – the African giant pouched rat.
Research in Botswana has revealed that fragments of lead from recreational hunter ammunition are finding their way into vulture bloodstreams, and represent a significant threat to these critically endangered scavengers.
A new report has highlighted the South African government’s role in the bloody, commercial lion body part trade.
Meet little Mussa. He was recently rescued from poachers who killed his family for bushmeat. Now he is safely recovering at the Lwiro primate sanctuary, Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro (CRPL), in the Democratic Republic of Congo. However, Mussa is just one of the few lucky chimps to be saved from the hands of poachers.
Many will know that Africa’s wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) require vast areas to roam, hunt cooperatively to run down their prey and regurgitate food for pups and other pack members. But there are other remarkable facts about these beautiful animals that perhaps you didn’t know.
They have survived three mass extinctions, were around during the age of the dinosaurs, and are considered the most threatened plant families globally. These are the cycads, and they are on the brink of extinction due to poaching and habitat destruction.
Discover 11 facts about the African leopard – the most secretive and elusive big cat and the most popular request during a safari game drive
On March 3rd, 2018, World Wildlife Day will be celebrated around the world, and this year’s theme is “Big Cats: Predators under threat”.
The last male northern white rhino on the planet, christened Sudan, is showing signs of deteriorating health, Ol Pejeta conservationists said on Thursday.
Naked mole-rats are weirdly spectacular – they are bare-skinned, wrinkly and buck-toothed, and they live in large underground colonies in East Africa where only the queen breeds, with a few selected males. Even more spectacular is that research has shown that naked mole-rats do not age in the same manner as other mammals, and in fact show little to no signs of ageing, and their risk of death does not increase with age.
The African elephant (Loxodonta africana) is the largest land mammal in the world and one of nature’s great ecosystem engineers, being a major contributor to maintaining the balance between wooded and grass ecosystems. Here are 17 fascinating facts that you need to know.
A fascinating study has revealed that although elephants can move at considerable pace, there is a question as to whether they can run.
Limpopo police are looking for information on a man suspected to be a poacher‚ who was attacked by lions in a private nature reserve on Friday.
Seven interesting findings based around the impact on ecological processes and ecosystems of the ongoing extinction of native African herbivore species and the increase in livestock populations.
Sociable weaver nests are regarded as ecologically important for providing shelter and shade to a large diversity of birds and other fauna.
Little is known about how pangolins might cope with the direct and indirect effects of a changing climate. A PhD researcher is therefore investigating the body temperature, diet, and activity patterns of free-living ground pangolins in a semi-arid environment in South Africa.
Meerkats may be small, but they’re pretty tough when it comes to living rough. Able to withstand harsh environments like the desert, meerkats have developed unique ways in which they are able to adapt and thrive in such arid conditions. To put it simply: they’re incredibly fascinating (and hardcore!) creatures.
Zombie ants and mind-controlling fungus reveals the darker side of the insect world.
Research has revealed that the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP) straddling South Africa and Botswana is a stronghold for African lions.
A recent study states that Niassa National Reserve in Mozambique still has the potential to support tens of thousands of elephants and 1,000 lions, as the vast majority of the ecosystem is intact.
Take a look at the top five wildlife news stories for 2017.
Scientists studying wild dogs in Botswana have found members of this endangered species use sneezes to vote on when the pack will move off and start hunting.
With China announcing that it would shut down all ivory trade by the end of this year, concerns have been raised that Japan’s failure to prevent illegal ivory exports will undermine China’s prospective ban and the efforts to end the global trafficking of elephant tusks.
A recent study has revealed that pangolin smugglers are constantly opening up new global trade routes every year to avoid law enforcement agencies.
A study has found that hanging beehives containing African honeybees from the branches of marula trees protects these trees against elephant impact because the elephants avoid those trees.
November is usually a time of the year in South Africa and Lesotho where temperatures start warming up in preparation for the warm festive season of summer. However, every now and then the weather can throw a surprise curve ball, and one such example happened recently where heavy snowfall was reported falling in the Drakensberg, among other places.
The Kruger National Park is vast, at about 2 million hectares, and requires a thorough management strategy in order to ensure long term sustainability. Part of that strategy, The Elephant Management Plan – compiled by Kruger management and Scientific Service – is currently in force, and covers the period 2013 to 2022.
The Parson’s chameleon is regarded as the largest chameleon in the world, found in the lush rainforests of eastern and northern Madagascar. Here are some fascinating facts about this giant creature of the forest.
What do China’s giant pandas and Madagascan bamboo lemurs have in common, aside from their precarious conservation status?
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An international team of researchers from South Africa, UK, and Brazil have discovered massive footprints belonging to a carnivorous dinosaur that roamed Southern Africa 200 million years ago.
Celebrated hunter Ron Thomson believes that 88% of Kruger National Park’s elephants should be culled.
Hanko stamps are the Japanese version of a signature, used throughout Japan to sign deals and important documents, and are made out of a variety of materials, including elephant ivory.